January 25, 2017

Like I've Been Silenced

Hello! How are you? I am wonderful, and no, I am not the once that has been silenced.
I drew some stuff this afternoon, and took pictures at various stages instead of just the finished product.

This is the sketch. At this point, it was supposed to be a self-portrait. The change is obvious in the finished product. The head proportions are a little off, but the face is good so I'm not complaining.

After I started coloring the hair. This is where the change happened, because I decided that I wanted to to dark/grayish colors and bright red lipstick. Like, cherry red. 

Now I started to shade in the shirt, and I used the smudge from my fingers to darken her hair. Also the eyes have been darkened.

Now the hair, eyes, shirt, and skin are finished. I almost called this the finished product, but then I had another idea. I decided to avoid the red lipstick in favor of...

Black lipstick! And a grayish fog around the rest of the page. I titled it "I've Been Silenced" because she looks (to me) like someone glued her mouth shut with that lipstick. Not in a bad way, but she still looks scared.
In general I am very proud of this. I managed to make the face really realistic, probably because I was drawing it larger than usual.
On another note, that girl strongly resembles one of the girls at my ballet studio. It was a complete coincidence. Like I said, this was supposed to be me.
So what do you think? Black lips, or white or red? TELL ME!!
Until later,

January 18, 2017

Me rambling about stuff

This post is mostly me rambling about dress rehearsal, among other things. You have been warned.
I don't know why, but for some reason me leading younger classes in our performance finale is completely hilarious. I was standing with my arm up waiting to get off the stage and I just started laughing.
My brain right now is an equal mix of nervousness and excitement. I have an eight-count solo in our jazz dance and I need to quit freaking out about that but I can't. It happens every time.
I guess tonight wasn't quite dress rehearsal, because I didn't have to wear a costume. Friday is a different story though.
Funny thing two: My dance teacher pretending to be an entire class full of dancers for the Finale. I think B's rehearsal is tomorrow, so they weren't there. People applauded and stuff which just made it funnier.
Another thing that went through my head while I was at the auditorium tonight for not-quite-dress-rehearsal: "I hope I'm not in pointe shoes for Finale." THOSE THINGS ARE SO HARD TO WALK IN LIKE NO KIDDING. Imagine trying to walk with plastic toilet paper tubes stuck on your feet. I think it would be something like that.
I have Dance Dance by Fall Out Boy stuck in my head. I don't even know the words.
I'm also pretty good at writing in cursive left handed, at least considering that I am right handed. It's like:
I had to switch pens because my red one quit working. *sighs*
It's better with my real name, but I'm not allowed to show you that and Evy didn't quite sum it up. My name does have the "yn" in it though, so I'm pretty good at that part.
My bangs are so long now! They come down to my chin. I think it's been about a year since I cut them, and they've grown a ton. Can't say the same for the rest of my hair though. Come on, grow already! I'll never be Rapunzel at this rate.
Who is listening to my Pandora station? I swear I turned it off. Maybe Ali is listening and likes it. Maybe she'll adopt Fall Out Boy instead of dance pop. I HATE DANCE POP. Just to get that out there.
Should I wrap this up here? Yeah probably. I need to sleep but I want to write and listen to music and figure out where Garrett and Finnegan belong. (They're twin girls by the way. Their parents were expecting boys, but kept the names. Gee and Finnie for short.) Feed me plot twists, I will take all of them.
Until probably Monday or something,

January 16, 2017

Recent Artworks

Is it that time again? I suppose it must be.
I know, long gap between posts, but I have been busy. ITS DRESS REHEARSAL WEEK AAHH I'M NOT READY FOR THIS!!! I'm in four dances and I have to help the little kids at the end of the show.
Also music. My recent discoveries are Fall Out Boy, Twenty One Pilots, and My Chemical Romance and all of them are AMAZING! 10/10 would recommend. I've started drawing for long periods of time with headphones on.
I haven't drawn much in the past few months, but my skill has been improving. I'm also drawing a bit of a series, starring best friends Kaya and Maryellen.

This is part one of the series-ish, entitled "Fried Cookies." It was based on an inside joke, but it highlights Kaya's baking skill all the same. Here's a hint: Look on the stove.
(Fire. It's fire. Kaya that's not how you make cookies.)
I am really proud of the kitchen background because I put so much detail into it. 

This is part two, "The Best Swing." This is the first time I have drawn Maryellen, and I like the way her ponytail turned out. (It's a lot more defined in person, but you can click on the picture to make it bigger.)
Between Maryellen's pose and striped dress and Kaya's shoes and ripped knee jeans, I was experimenting a lot. I think I finally have learned to draw feet, so hooray for that.

I forget if I've shown you this picture before, but here it is now. This is Dria from my NaNoWriMo novel, Shadowed. I like the scenery in this one, but the actual portrait could have been a lot clearer. I didn't get the effect I was looking for with the clothing either, and honestly she looks a tad like a vampire.
That's pretty much it. Which drawing was your favorite, and why? I may not post again this week, because of dress rehearsals and such taking up my time.
Until later,

January 2, 2017

December highlights and New Year's Resolutions

December is over. That makes me very sad for some reason. But since it is over, I might as well do a highlights post, right?

Firstly, I have a new favorite roller coaster. (that name sounds really silly when you write it down) The prospect of loops and drops scares me, but I love it when I'm actually riding. I guess I'm more of a thrill seeker than I thought I was.

Christmas, of course, was a highlight. It always is. Two gifts stood out to me in particular, even though I wouldn't call them my favorites. I got a Selfie Stick from one grandmother. I didn't think I wanted one, but it's really cool now that I have it. My cousins gave me kitty socks and they're SO ADORABLE AND AMAZING!!
Just look at these.
They have kitties in the front.

And tails and stripes in the back.
(sorry they aren't that great. It's hard to take pictures of your own feet.)

Christmas was also really warm. I wore shorts and short sleeves, and I don't live in Florida in case you were wondering. It's averaging about sixty degrees now, with lots of rain.

I'm also making two resolutions. I've never made one before in my life, so I decided to change that. Perhaps they aren't resolutions as much as they are 2017 goals.

Goal one: To read 75 books

It sounds like a lot, but I think I can do it. I just have to read about a book and a half every week. I've been wanting to read more recently, and I thought that this would be a good way to accomplish it.
I am already one book in. I finished Paper Towns by John Green this morning. It was amazing and really exciting and nearly impossible to put down.

Goal two: Complete draft one of Caught Outside

I want to finish a novel. I'm going to finish a novel. All I have to do is complete draft one of Caught Outside in time for Camp NaNoWriMo, then complete draft two during April and July. It's very simple really.
I will get it done. Feel free to bug me about it. I think I'm going to need some motivation...

I've added a page to the top bar to track my goals, if you want to see more. Like I said earlier, feel free to bug me about any of these. I welcome the motivation.

Until later,